Dirty Heads and SOJA bring the chill jams
Summertime in Vegas is full of reggae concerts, and there’s no better place to catch the laid-back island music on a hot night than at Mandalay Bay Beach. That’s where you can see reggae bands Dirty Heads and SOJA, two of the most popular American reggae crossover acts around. Dirty Heads (pictured) hail from Southern California, where their early influences included the local punk and ska scenes. The band continues to draw influences from across the musical spectrum, having collaborated with everyone from Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows to rappers Tech N9ne and B-Real. Dirty Heads’ 2016 self-titled album reached the top of Billboard’s independent albums chart and the top 20 of the overall albums chart.
The most recent studio album from SOJA (2014’s Amid the Noise and Haste) also made the Billboard top 20, and the Virginia-based band is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Like Dirty Heads, SOJA brings in influences from genres outside reggae, including rock and world music, and they’ve collaborated with reggae legends like Damian Marley and Junior Marvin. The combination of the two bands will make for a perfectly chill night.
Mandalay Bay Beach, 9 p.m. July 15, $39.50 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000